Four Patches

February 4, 2016 in QUILTING

I have started my Leader Enders project for 2016. I am not sure what it will look like but it will have lots of four patches using my recycled men’s shirts. There are a few different ways to make four patches. You could sew four squares together or make strip sets that you cross cut and sew together. Since I am using scraps instead of yardage I won’t be making strip sets. I want variety but I am a little lazy and really don’t want to sew the small square pieces together.

This idea isn’t anything new. I am not sure where I saw this method but I have used it for years. Seems silly to do a tutorial for such a super simple method but I wanted to SHOW you the steps.

Four Patch - step1 I want to end up with finished 2-1/2″ four patches so I started with two 3-3/4″ squares. I slightly over sized the beginning squares so that I don’t have to worry as much about cutting and pressing. The extra time that it takes to trim the units is well worth it to me to end up with great looking four patches.

Sew a 1/4″ seam on two opposing sides.

Four patch - step 3 Cut the square in half.

Four patch - step 4 Press the seams towards the dark.

Four patch - step 5 Line up the two pieces right side together with opposite colors touching.

Four patch - step 6 Sew on the short ends making sure your seams nest nicely.

Four patch - step 7 Cut the piece in half.

Four patch - step 8

YAHOO…you have two adorable four patches. Once I figure out the design layout I will sliver trim them down to 3″ so that they are ready to be sewn into a block.

So far, I have 100 four patches sewn together which is a nice start but it will take MANY MANY more to make a quilt.

If you are curious, here is my 2015 Leader Ender quilt.


Uneven Nine Patch block tutorial

October 6, 2015 in QUILTING

Thanks everyone for all of the lovely comments I have received for my ‘Uneven Nine Patch’ quilt top. I appreciate all of the kind words.

Uneven Nine Patch

Uneven Nine Patch

Many of you were wondering if I could provide some information about the block used in this quilt. Below is some brief information about sizes of squares, cross cut measurements and a partial layout of the quilt. Hope this helps you to make your own version. Well, grab some coffee or tea, sit back and relax…there are many photos.

step 1

step 1

I used 24 combos of light/dark batik fabrics for this quilt. I started with two 9″ fabric squares and cross cut them at 2″, 3″ and 4″.

step 2

step 2

Switch out the center 3″ black strip for the white one. Sew them together to give you a black/white/black and a white/black/white combos. For my quilt I pressed the both seams in one direction. If the 4″ strip is dark, press seams towards it. If the block has a light 4″ strip – press both seams away from it. This way the seams nest beautifully.

Step 3

Step 3

Once you have the strips sewn together cross cut a 2″, 3″ and 4″.

step 4

step 4

Switch out the center strip again so that you get a checkerboard type of effect. Note that the blocks are sewn together in two different layouts.

finished blocks

finished blocks

Here are the completed blocks – they measure 8″ at this point. Most of the time I sew my blocks together in rows so I waited until I had all of the blocks where I wanted them on my design wall before pressing the seams. The first row was pressed to the right, the second was pressed to the left and so on. This way the seams match up nicely.


block layout (big squares in the center)

block layout

block layout (small squares in the center)

I made two sets of blocks for this tutorial so that you could see how they work together.

partial block layout

partial layout


Click here to download the partial block layout. Have fun!